A trip to Puaskwa National Park would not be complete without hiking through this beautiful and rugged Canadian national park. Located half way between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay on the remote northeast shores of Lake Superior. Pukaskwa National park is Ontario’s only wilderness national park in Ontario. With over 1878 square kilometres of remote, vast wilderness to explore of Northern Ontario you will not be disappointed. Pukaskwa turned into our favourite stop on our Northern Ontario road trip so much so that we ended up stopping on our way back down to stay and explore some more. The main hub of the park is Hattie Cove Campground with the Visitors Centre located at the entrance to the campground where you can get information on all hikes throughout the park. Here are a list of all trails for hiking Pukaskwa National Park:
Hattie Cove Fire Walk: This 0.7km walk is an easy wander through the boreal ecosystem where you can learn about the 2012 Hattie Cove Prescribed Fire.
Boardwalk Beach Walk: This easy walk along a gravel and wooden boardwalk takes you out to Horseshoe Bay for some of the most beautiful views especially at sunset. The walk is only 1.2km and is accessible through the Hattie Cove Campground.
Beach Trail: Starting in the Hattie Cove Campground Northern loop or can be joined off of the Boardwalk Beach Trail this 2km moderate hike takes you along the sandy beaches of Pukaska. Stopping at North Beach and Middle Beach you will see rugged rock formations, large driftwood piles and the blue waters of Lake Superior.
Manito Miikana: This moderate hike was something we were not overly sure of upon starting if it was going to give us any great views of Superior as we were hiking. It starts off in a rocky ravine covered in thick old growth and moss covered rocks. As you begin to climb up an incredible panoramic view of Lake Superior and the Pic River Dunes appear. Manito Miikana is also known as the Spirit Trail and was definitely worth the 2km hike for the views.
Southern Headland Trail: The Southern Headland Trail is connected from the Boardwalk Beach Trail and is a moderate 2.2km hike along the west and southern shores of Lake Superior and gives great views of Hattie Cove. Here you will find one of the Red Parks Canada chairs.
Bimose Kinoomagewnan: We didn’t have much expectations of this hike since it took you inland instead of along the coast line and we were pleasantly surprised! This proabably ended up being on of our favourite hikes. A 3.7km moderate hike around Halfway Lake with 7 different spots at the Seven Grandfather Teachings of the Ojibway elders and youth. The views from the 7 different view points were well worth the stop.
Combination Trail: If you are up for trying to tackle three hikes in one day do the Combination Trail – the 6.3km hike that combines Southern Headland Trail to the Beach Trail and connects you to the Bimose Kinoomagewnan Trail.
White River Suspension Bridge: This is the only trail we did not get to do because Keno was not old enough at the time to do an 18km hike. This is a full day hike to the White River Suspension Bridge. This is a piece of the Coastal Hiking Trail. It is best in to check in with Parks staff for current trail conditions before heading out.
All of the trails are very well marked and can be done all in one day if you choose to do so (except the White River Suspension Bridge Hike). We highly recommend wearing proper hiking shoes and check the weather conditions before heading out as the weather on Lake Superior changes very quickly. All of these hikes are equally as beautiful and we would not be able to recommend one over the other. We highly recommend trying them all out! Happy Travels 🙂